By this, I am referring to actual specific events that could have occurred had a specific historical event had happened differently (not necessarily the broad scope that is often used in the literary alternate history genre).

Or would this be too much into discussion territory?

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  • No worries at all, I find that it is always best to ask first.
    – user2434
    Jun 15, 2013 at 12:32
  • Hmmm it would seem that my asking of 'regular' historical questions are no good either. Very snarky response to my latest question.
    – user2434
    Jun 16, 2013 at 1:23

I agree with Steve and my opinion is that alternative history questions are too speculative. Some users turn them into factual questions by asking, "What did historian X think would have happened had event Y occurred?" Although the general consensus seems to be that these are OK, I think they are too localized.

  • That is a very good point, alternate timelines would be increasingly speculative the further the point of divergence is.
    – user2434
    Jun 15, 2013 at 21:30

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